Solved: How to Resurface Spalling Concrete

Man applies Quikrete Re-Cap Resurfacer to spalling concrete slab
Worn-out patio? Don’t tear it out — just resurface it! (Credit: Quikrete)

Concrete can flake due to corrosion, impact and weathering. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with unsightly spalling concrete, or tear out a damaged patio and pour a new one.

To correct the situation, just re-surface it! Quikrete Re-Cap Concrete Resurfacer is a polymer-modified Portland cement product that’s specially designed for making thin layer repairs and restoring the appearance of concrete.

You can apply it on spalling concrete as thin as a sixteenth of an inch or as thick as one-half inch. Just thoroughly prepare the surface before using it.

Before applying Re-Cap to a slab, thoroughly pressure-wash the concrete to remove all dirt and oil. This ensures proper adhesion and maximum performance.

Mix Re-Cap with a mechanical mixer in a 5-gallon bucket before pouring it onto the dampened concrete surface.

Then use a squeegee to spread it out evenly over the slab at a uniform thickness. For patios, sidewalks and driveways, you’ll want to add a non-slip broom finish as the Re-Cap hardens.

That’s all there is to it. So long, spalling concrete!

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